India’s COVID-19 Surge Leaves the World Scrambling for Vaccines

MIN READMay 13, 2021 | 17:03 GMT

People wait to receive COVID-19 vaccines at a health center in New Delhi on May 13, 2021.

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India’s disastrous COVID-19 wave will threaten global vaccination campaigns and hamper its ability to use vaccines as a soft power tool in South and Southeast Asia. India is in the midst of an extremely severe COVID-19 surge more than one year into the pandemic. With no end in sight to the crisis, the Indian government will continue to increase vaccine production for domestic use and halt promised shipments to foreign nations, opening the door for the United States and China to compete for relationships integral to their larger Indo-Pacific strategies....

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